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Old 07-13-2013, 08:51 AM   #1
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"12 Unexpected Things That Exist Because Of Linux"


Interesting article in a business publication:

"12 Unexpected Things That Exist Because Of Linux."

http://www.businessinsider.com/whats-linux-for-2013-7
 
Old 07-13-2013, 09:10 AM   #2
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That really doesn't surprise me. I work at a CATV company and I get to do some stuff with digital channel modulation, and the boxes we use for that are running busybox. I had to log into it to get the http server running and was pleasantly surprised to get busybox.
 
Old 07-13-2013, 09:17 AM   #3
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You see more and more of Linux in aerospace.
IIRC, both Boeing and Airbus are using Linux based software from an outfit called "Wind River" out of
Alameda, California.
 
Old 07-13-2013, 09:22 AM   #4
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Interesting article in a business publication:

"12 Unexpected Things That Exist Because Of Linux."

http://www.businessinsider.com/whats-linux-for-2013-7
I would look at the list of 12 if I could scroll down to the bottom without being bombarded by invasive ads and yet more braindead Facebook and Twitter links. Do these web designers understand web standards, or do they take some perverted pleasure in designing slow-loading, overcrowded pages?

It's a shame the growth of Linux has coincided with the demise of the web. On my 3G connection I let the page load for about 40 seconds, and then I closed the tab. If they take no interest in us then we will take no interest in them, or anything they have to say, or anything they have to sell.
 
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:42 AM   #5
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I would look at the list of 12 if I could scroll down to the bottom without being bombarded by invasive ads and yet more braindead Facebook and Twitter links. Do these web designers understand web standards, or do they take some perverted pleasure in designing slow-loading, overcrowded pages?
Ya know, NoScript and AdBlock work wonders.
 
Old 07-13-2013, 09:43 AM   #6
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I would look at the list of 12 if I could scroll down to the bottom...

You don't have to scroll all the way down to look at the list. Use the link at the end of the short article. It says, "Click here to see the unlikely things that depend on Linux »". Click on the >>

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Old 07-13-2013, 09:54 AM   #7
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Ya know, NoScript and AdBlock work wonders.
Yes they do, and on the rare occasions I use Seamonkey I wouldn't be without them, but your advice is useless for somebody who uses Opera as his browser of choice.
 
Old 07-13-2013, 10:06 AM   #8
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...for somebody who uses Opera as his browser of choice.
Have you considered using a "host" file?

http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/

or

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

I've been using the first one with Opera for several months and it works very well. Speaking of Opera, I've use it since the whole thing fit on a single 1.44 meg 3-1/2 inch floppy (and purchased every new release), but it appears Opera has committed suicide and it is time to find a replacement. I've been using Midori for the last few days and so far, so good. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Opera, but it does the job.

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Old 07-13-2013, 10:23 AM   #9
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Have you considered using a "host" file?
http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

I've used Opera since the whole thing fit on a single 1.44 meg 3-1/2 inch floppy (and purchased every new release), but it appears Opera has committed suicide and it is time to find a replacement. I've been using Midori for the last few days and so far, so good. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Opera, but it does the job.
I can actually use an adblock file on Opera, but at the moment my main machine is out of action with a blown PSU, and I'm too lazy to set this one up properly. I too have been using Opera since the early 2000s, when I paid for it, and sadly, it appears you are correct - with version 15 Opera has bowed to the demands of the Facebook generation and shot itself in the foot to accommodate their need for a dumbed-down, fast browser. It seems to be a common thread lately - great software projects losing their marbles just when they appeared to be taking off. If I were a conspiracy theorist I would suspect a trojan horse in their midst but a moderator rapped me on the knuckles for suggesting such a thing last year.

The point stands though. Too many websites are unbearable now - congested, slow, top-heavy with images and videos and too far removed from web standards. I no longer waste my time and bandwidth waiting for them. It is arrogant on the part of the designers to assume we all have fibre access to the net. Many of us don't even have DSL.
 
Old 07-13-2013, 10:30 AM   #10
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I can actually use an adblock file on Opera, but at the moment my main machine is out of action with a blown PSU, and I'm too lazy to set this one up properly. I too have been using Opera since the early 2000s, when I paid for it, and sadly, it appears you are correct - with version 15 Opera has bowed to the demands of the Facebook generation and shot itself in the foot to accommodate their need for a dumbed-down, fast browser. It seems to be a common thread lately - great software projects losing their marbles just when they appeared to be taking off. If I were a conspiracy theorist I would suspect a trojan horse in their midst but a moderator rapped me on the knuckles for suggesting such a thing last year.
Based on watching what mickeysoft did over the years to build their near monoploy, Google is, IMO, doing, or trying to do, something similar with Linux and the Internet, and, very unfortunately, like mickeysoft, they have the money to do it.


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The point stands though. Too many websites are unbearable now - congested, slow, top-heavy with images and videos and too far removed from web standards. I no longer waste my time and bandwidth waiting for them. It is arrogant on the part of the designers to assume we all have fibre access to the net. Many of us don't even have DSL.
Agreed. Some sites are so "busy" that even with a reasonably good connection they are slow to load. I avoid those sites when I have choice (don't need whatever they have to offer or the information is available elsewhere).
 
Old 07-13-2013, 10:33 AM   #11
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Agreed. Some sites are so "busy" that even with a reasonably good connection they are slow to load. I avoid those sites when I have choice (don't need whatever they have to offer or the information is available elsewhere).
Yes. Sorry for taking your thread off-topic. Please return to the main topic now.
 
Old 07-13-2013, 11:04 AM   #12
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Good until you get to the bottom where you are met with Ballmer's ugly mug.
 
Old 07-13-2013, 11:17 AM   #13
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Good until you get to the bottom where you are met with Ballmer's ugly mug.
Agreed.

At first I was surprized and then I noticed it was number 13, when there were only suppose to be 12. An shocking baker's Dozen, I guess.
 
Old 07-13-2013, 12:01 PM   #14
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Yes. Sorry for taking your thread off-topic. Please return to the main topic now.
B-b-but, *I* hadn't added my nickel (*cents* don't technically exist in Canada anymore....) yet: use privoxy in lieu of browser extensions to tidy up ads and scripts....

cheers,
 
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Good until you get to the bottom where you are met with Ballmer's ugly mug.
yes that scared me
 
  


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